Long-term Workhouse Inmates in Northwich Union, Cheshire, 1861

In 1861, the Poor Law Board published a return of the name every adult pauper who had been a workhouse inmate for a continuous period of five years or more, together with the duration of their residence (in years and months), the reason for it, and whether they had been brought up in a District or separate Workhouse School. It was noted that the term 'District School' had been widely misinterpreted by respondents as meaning any school in the local area, such as a national or private school, and that there was only one instance in the whole report of an inmate actually having been in such a school.

NameYrsms.ReasonSchool
Richard Woodward220Idiotcyno.
Jonathan Wilcockson50Old age; infirmno.
Joseph Darlington50Blind and infirmno.
Hannah Baker160Weak mind and infirmno.
Fanny Dale220Old age; infirmno.
Sarah Holland70Weak mind and infirmno.
Mary Holland60dittono.
Jane Holland70dittono.
Martha Boden90Epilepsyno.
Mary Lewis100Infirmno.
Catherine Colelough60Weak mind and infirmno.
Sarah Bell90dittono.
Mary Spruce50dittono.

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